Modern Data Center is the future of IT infrastructure, today

The rise of mobile devices, cloud computing, social media, the Internet of Things, and other disruptive forces, has significantly transformed the way applications are built, deployed, and utilized. The roles applications play within a business have changed radically, too.

Disruptors in every industry are driving massive change, creating new and vastly improved customer experiences and services. In order to capture these new digital revenue streams, develop smarter products and deliver the improved experiences that customers expect, businesses and IT departments need to undergo significant IT and Digital Transformation. To deliver on the capabilities of a digital business, it is indispensable for IT organizations to modernize and automate their infrastructure, and transform their data center operation into a cloud environment – one that is fully automated and self-service.

The rapid shift in data center technologies will enable enterprises to optimize existing IT and legacy investments to free up resources for next generation IT that will transform the business. We see these new technologies as pillars for the modern data center. The five pillars of modern data center are flash as a core storage infrastructure, the ability to scale out, taking the software defined approach, movement to cloud and data protection with best in class information security and governance.


Flash dramatically reduces the cost of delivering consistent and predictable low-latency performance. Flash significantly reduces the floor space, power consumption and cooling requirements needed to deliver exceptional storage services with a no compromise approach. As Flash prices continue to drop while capacities increase, Flash will become ubiquitous in the Modern Data Center.

EMC offers the industry’s broadest all-flash portfolio, purpose-built to address virtually any enterprise data center use case:

  • XtremIO all-flash arrays for accelerating and consolidating mixed block storage workloads such as databases, analytics, server virtual machines, and virtual desktop infrastructures that require consistent and predictable performance with sub-millisecond latencies. XtremIO is designed to address most high-end enterprise workloads with some of the industry’s best inline data compression and de-duplication capabilities for improved economics.
  • VMAX® All Flash for consolidating mixed block and file workloads that require the highest levels of enterprise availability, rich data services, IBM mainframe and iSeries support, and scalable storage growth. VMAX All Flash offers the gold standard of replication, recovery, data services and quality of service, re-engineered with all flash to deliver up to four petabytes (PB) of storage capacity.
  • DSSD D5 Rack-Scale Flash – a new flash storage category with breakthrough performance – for the most performance-intensive, traditional and next-generation use cases that require microsecond latencies such as real-time analytics for Hadoop and Oracle.
  • Unity – a new family of simple, affordable storage systems that deliver enterprise capabilities, all-flash performance and cloud-like simplicity for under $18,000. Unity supports file and block storage for small and medium-sized IT departments and is available in all-flash array, hybrid array, software-defined and converged configurations.


Cloud-Enabled infrastructures are fundamental to the Modern Data Center design. To achieve true agility, speed and efficiency, modern architecture must extend beyond the four walls of your data center. IT must have the ability to deploy, manage and extend information and applications from their data center to a public or enterprise cloud provider, as the business needs dictate. IT needs the flexibility to move those workloads freely between their data centers and cloud providers.


Scale-Out architectural design means IT can deploy systems with a low cost of entry while providing a modular approach to scaling out the infrastructure as requirements evolve. IT can efficiently deploy, scale and manage massive capacities with very few resources. This is critical when dealing with ever-expanding workloads and the need to iterate and expand services in a rapid timeframe.

Software defined

Thanks to developments in API’s and other software features, infrastructure systems are now managed via software. This new software-defined model automates the configuration and deployment of IT services, delivering greater business agility and a more flexible, programmable approach to managing data services. This is essential in optimizing standard IT operations in order to focus greater resources on transformation and innovation.

Trust and Data Protection

Strategic partnerships matter. Customers must be able to trust the systems they leverage and the vendors they do business with. EMC delivers the best in class Modern Data Center platforms, support and services. Thanks to our industry leading Data Protection portfolio and the proven security capabilities of RSA, we can also ensure local and remote data protection with best in class information security and governance.

Can I Get It In Converged?

There’s no better way to modernize a data center than through converged infrastructure. We will are offering VMAX All Flash in the VCE Vblock 740, and DSSD D5 will be incorporated into the VCE converged infrastructure portfolio in the future.

Converged Infrastructure: VCE Vblock for all-flash infrastructure

EMC is also expanding its industry-leading converged infrastructure portfolio to capitalize on the latest all-flash technology. The VCE Vblock System 740 is immediately orderable with VMAX All Flash, providing additional options for customers looking to architect a modern data center with an all-flash converged infrastructure. In addition, the VMAX All Flash is orderable as a VCE Technology Extension to existing Vblock Systems and VCE Vscale Fabric implementations and will be generally available later this year, providing customers with a simple, assured path to significantly extend the performance and capabilities of their VCE-based data centers.

Hyper-converged Appliance: VxRail and VxRack Neutrino for small and medium businesses, enterprise regional offices and end-user computing

The VxRail Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware’s leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN, the simple, powerful, efficient software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere – all in a single product family with one point of support. Hybrid storage or all-flash VxRail Appliances extend and simplify VMware customer environments and deliver key performance and capacity advantages in a simple, turnkey and easily scalable HCIA.

VCE VxRack System 1000 provides a turnkey cloud-native IaaS experience through new ‘Neutrino’ nodes. The flexibility of the VxRack System is rooted in its rack-scale design, allowing enterprises, ISV’s and Service Providers to leverage different node types for different workloads as they accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. The VxRack System enables workloads to operate at scale by providing a fully engineered hyper-converged rack-scale system – compute, storage and networking – with integrated management. This delivers simplified data center operations, greatly reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to a traditional SAN, and easy scaling-on-demand.

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